American Spy: A Novel
American Spy: A Novel – It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s sensible, however, she’s conjointly a young Black working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for each high-profile squad, and her days are full of monotonous work.
So when she is given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara. The attractive revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has created him a target for American intervention, she says affirmatively. Yes, even supposing she in secret admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Even though she remains grieving the mysterious death of her sister. Whose example led Marie to the present career path in the 1st place. Yes, even supposing a furious a part of her suspects she’s being offered the work as a result of her look and not her talent.
In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand within the coup which will bring him down. But doing this can change everything she believes regarding what it means that to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and an honest American. American Spy knits along with a fascinating spy heroic tale, a sorrowful family drama, and an obsessive romance. This is the face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.
Praise for American Spy “Inspired by actual events, this thriller ticks all the boxes correctly, delivering a hot sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race.”—Esquire
“Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle. American Spy lays our complicities—political, racial, and sexual—bare.
Packed with haunting characters, it’s a stunning book, timely as it is timeless.”—Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sellout
About the Author
Lauren Wilkinson attained an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University. He has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
She was a 2013 Center for Fiction rising Writers Fellow. He has also received support from the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Wilkinson grew up in new york and lives on the Lower side. This is her first novel.
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